Maybe they just couldn’t find a picture. Here’s one Memphis. You can thank me later.
According to Dan Wolken (former Memphis Tigers beat writer) “word is that the new Penny Hardaway Athletic Hall of Fame, which opened today on Memphis’ campus, includes no photos of John Calipari.” Now, I can understand that there was some bitterness towards Cal after he left the program – there almost always will be when a coach takes a better job – but to not include him in the Hall of Fame would be petty. Even Wolken, who has been hard on Cal since he left, believes the move to be a mistake if it proves to be true.
It would be one thing if Kentucky decided to eclipse the Billy Gillispie experiment and exclude that from a future Hall of Fame museum, that approach would have some merit. But Calipari made Memphis relevant in the modern era. He was a Mario Chalmers three pointer away from a national title with the Tigers, went to three elite eights and transformed the program from a random C-USA program to the premiere one. To not include that stretch in your history just because he took a job at the top basketball program in the nation would be a disservice to the university and their fans. I understand it still hurts at night when you think about it Memphis, but act like an adult in the situation. Unfriend him on facebook, start hitting the gym, try and pull a few top recruits to see if you’ve still got it and in a month or two you can stop pretending like it didn’t happen.
Of course, this is all speculation, so there’s just as good a chance there is an entire room dedicated to John Calipari, but if that’s the case, it better be behind this door.
UPDATE: And literally two minutes before this post was scheduled to go up, the story is refuted. Oh well. Save this one for when we’re constructing the KSR Hall of Fame.